Scripture: Mark 3:28 “’Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’—for they were saying, ‘He has an unclean spirit’”
Observations: In Numbers 14, the people rebelled against God wanting to return to Egypt because most of the spies told them they could not live in the promised land. They were weak and wanted to return to Egypt. Because of their lack of acknowledgment that the Lord could fight their battles, none of the men that went out to spy, other than Caleb and Joshua lived to see the promised land. They were doomed to wander in the desert the rest of their lives. Some wouldn’t accept their punishment and decided to go to the promised land on their own, and they were struck down by the inhabitants of that land. There is a lesson there about acknowledging and trusting the Lord… Chapter 15 seems to be a smorgasbord of teachings. A Sabbath breaker is executed (as the Lord had earlier instructed they must be. Then randomly there is a paragraph added about making blue tassels on each corner of the garments. These were to help the people remember the commandments of the Lord, and not to follow their own hearts, and eyes. In chapter 16 there is a rebellion against Moses, and the earth totally swallowed up and entire family, while plague set out against the other troublemakers. When will people ever learn. We are still prone to grumble against the Lord’s provisions….In Mark, Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on a Sabbath. From then on, the Pharisees looked for a way to kill Jesus. He healed many of unclean spirits who knew that He was God. He called the 12 apostles, and his family tried to stop him from preaching because they thought he was out of his mind. Many believed he was from Satan, but Jesus told them that a house divided could not stand.
Application: This Scripture has always been hard to understand, but I think it is mostly because people don’t read it in its context. It follows Scriptures where people are denying the power of Jesus. They are trying to say that what is happening is of Satan, not of God. In doing so, they are attributing miracles to Satan, not Jesus. By doing that, they are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. I believe God will forgive all sins for those who believe that Jesus came to save our sins, Accepts his forgiveness, confesses their sins, and turns away from the same. However, those who deny Jesus will not experience the joy of everlasting peace.
Prayer: Dear Father God, I hear of Muslims having visions of you and turning their hearts and lives over to you, despite the fact it means they will be disowned by their families. Jesus was not afraid of what his earthly family thought of him. He was not afraid to do and say what was unpopular because it was truth. Lord, help us to speak out boldly in your name. Use us to save those who are perishing for lack of understanding and belief. Lord, if there are any in our churches who do not really believe in their hearts that you can forgive their sins, I pray Lord that you will show them, through visions or dreams, or thoughts, that you are the Great I Am who can heal all their wounds and sins. Amen!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 17-18; Psalm 29; Mark 4